Laundering Your Kitchen Linens

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Kitchen towels, dish cloths and sponges fall into a completely different category than your regular laundry. Kitchen linens absolutely need to be washed in their own load in hot soapy water on a regular or heavy duty cycle. Unfortunately, these linens are the perfect environment for the breeding of bacteria, often wet and not always completely drying out . I switch out my kitchen towels and dish cloths everyday at minimum sometimes up to 4 times, as normally 3 meals a day are prepared in my kitchen for my family. If I have wiped the counter after preparing raw meat or chicken, I toss them in straight in the wash. Not doing this is risking one of many food-borne illness and when “someone” uses the kitchen towel to wipe water off of the floor, it always goes straight to the washing machine.

Tips For Keeping Your Kitchen And Kitchen Linens Germ Free

  • Have 1 towel to wipe dishes, 1 towel for hands and 1 cloth for wiping counters.

  • Change dish cloths when you’ve used it to wipe counters with raw meat.

  • Always, always wash kitchen linens separate from your clothes, bed linens and bath towels.

  • Wash dish cloths and kitchen towels in hot, soapy water and on a regular/heavy duty cycle.

  • Use your washing machine’s sanitizing cycle if available.

  • Plain white linens can be bleached, soaking 4 to 10 minutes will completely disinfect a dish towel.

  • Don’t use fabric softener in your kitchen towels or dish cloths washing cycle.

  • Dry your kitchen linens promptly after laundering.

  • Have a generous amount of clean and dry linens ready to use.

How often do you change your kitchen linens and dish cloths? Daily? Weekly?

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